The History of Auto Deaths: a “Moral Panic’

Streetsblog explores a new paper tracing U.S. driver response to automobile accidents. The Boston University paper: Quantifying Accidents: Cars, Statistics, and Unintended Consequences in the Construction of Social Problems Over Time discusses early American reactions to traffic deaths, just as Americans began buying automobiles. In the beginning, “there was a great deal of ‘moral panic’ about the carnage on…